“Na Khaunga, Na Khane Doonga…”

“Na Khaunga, Na Khane Doonga…”

May 9, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC

When Narendra Modi uttered  the famous slogan ‘Na Khaunga, Na Khane Doonga’ (neither will I indulge in corruption, nor allow anyone else to indulge in it), the nation was thrilled. For a nation used to corruption at all levels, this was something new. For a few months there was frenzy in Government Offices. People started to come on time and files started to move. But alas, it was only a mirage that did not last long. Unfortunately in India, Ministers are not chosen on the basis of their competence but on other equations of States’ representation, caste, etc.

The Ministry of Personnel  had a list of ias Officers against whom there were cases of corruption proved beyond doubt. This was in 2014 and everyone expected that the PM would initiate action against these tainted officers. This would have put the fear of God on the current lot of Officers. What happened ? All these files were quietly put in cold storage.

Earlier the Babus would openly demand and take bribes, now they take bribes outside or  have agents who collect on their behalf. There is a saying in Delhi “Jo pakda gaya, wo chor hai.” Yes, Modi personally is very honest but what about the party? Very conveniently Jaitley  started a dubious opaque system  of Corporate  Bonds  which ensured  that Corporates secretly donate and not declare it too.

I do not want to discuss in particular all the promises Modi  made during 2014 polls. Election rhetoric and promises are to be taken with a pinch of salt. India has become a nation of freebies, a trend started by mgr and continued by Jayalalithaa, both Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu. tvs, fridges, cycles, laptops, you name it, it is distributed. Now all Chief Ministers have started to follow this freebie promises, an election stunt which gives them votes. A new trend this time, asking voters to swear by Lord Manjunatha after taking the money !

Coming back to Modi, it is a fact that several of these promises vanished into thin air, including the one made in Mysuru: “I will convert Mysuru to Paris.” Paris is very far away, we cannot compare ourselves to even Goa or Kerala for that matter in tourism  management. I am a big supporter of Modi and was surprised at his recent interview with Akshay Kumar wherein he said, “I work very hard and  sleep for only 4 hours a day. I expect my juniors to follow my work culture by example and do not try to enforce discipline.” One  thing I have learnt working in government for 40 years — only “danda” works. Our workforce work only when they fear job loss. A loss of a government job is worse than a death sentence for families. As soon as Modi took over in 2014, if he had  dismissed some senior officers, the effect would have been electric. 

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Once one of our Chairmen of itdc Bhandari asked me, “I inspect Ashok Hotel everyday morning but what I have noticed is that the quality of the room cleaning is not improving. Why?” I told him, “Sir,

first and foremost, do not come for inspection everyday. Next time you come for inspection, suspend the engineer and the housekeeper, if you do not find the cleanliness  up to your standards. See the difference. On your next visit, everything would be perfect. You are a God-fearing man and everyone knows that. They know that in spite of your verbal lashing, you will not take any action. So nobody fears your verbal lashings.”

One of my close friends, Dhirendra Singh, ias, who  retired as a Secretary, Home, Government of India, once told me his secret of success. Whenever he got new posting, for the first 15 days he would fling files and shout at all people to create an aura of strictness. Thereafter, he said,  it was smooth sailing.

In one count Modi has failed the rhetoric of “Paisa banane nahi doonga.” The amount of money the party is spending on this election is said to surpass the election expense of the us President ! Trump’s election expenditure was estimated at 6.5 billion rupees and the total expenditure of this election is estimated to be 8.6 billion rupees as per New Delhi media studies !  And pray what is the official expenditure cap for each candidate — 7 million rupees, a joke on our democracy.

It was an open secret that since bjp was the ruling party they would get maximum funds but the disparity this time between both bjp and the others is so great that it is just not comparable. Ads in both Facebook, Google and other social media have been going on from February itself. Open any electronic media, you only see Modi’s face glaring at you every 30 minutes from all important channels. Most of the helicopters in the country have been booked by bjp for 90 days, to ensure that their leaders jump from venue to venue on a single day.

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This complex election process of 1.3 billion people divided by region, religion, caste and language, spread over 7 days of voting, has ensured that money plays a big part. An amount of 456 million rupees has been seized by the Election Observers so far. The way stock market is behaving it seems the punters have already decided that nda will come back to power, maybe with a smaller majority. In the “satta” market too, bjp is the favourite. But in politics, strange things happen. With just 34 mlas if jd(s) can rule Karnataka, what is wrong in Mamata, Maya, Sharad Pawar or even Deve Gowda aspiring for the Prime Minister’s gaddi? 

I do sincerely hope that Modi gets a second term. Five years is really not enough to judge  the vision  of a  person; it requires  at least ten years to become a reality. If Dr. Manmohan Singh got ten, why not Modi? But I do hope that at least for some Ministries like Health, hrd or Ganga Cleaning, he gets technocrats like Ratan Tata, Narayana Murthy, Dr. Devi Shetty or Metro Man E. Sreedharan this time and not some incompetent politician. If one recollects, the Aadhaar project was a success only because Nandan Nilekani was in-charge. Modi sir, you are wiser by 5 years, learn from your mistakes, enforce discipline, suspend and dismiss some senior officers  against whom disciplinary proceedings have been completed, appoint competent and young faces as Ministers and then see the difference.  Only “danda” works in India.  Do you agree ?

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10 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To ““Na Khaunga, Na Khane Doonga…””

  1. swamy says:

    I agree all your points, but politics and getting elected has become dandha.. not based on volunteer. Hence, this mess. When there is a mentality of getting elected hook or crook, and severe competition to become ministers after getting elected, there is no hope. Once in a while, whole India should do a Delhi experiment and give shock treatment to all the politicians.

  2. santosh says:

    The author seems to be blind to the headwind Modi has faced during the last 5 years. Whenever he has tried to use danda, he has been accused of interfering with the independence of institutions. Be it being proactive in defense deal negotiations, giving a free hand to the Military, tightening up SC judge selection process, implementation of GST, selection of RBI directors who can support govt policy, 90% of the media is portraying Modi’s decisions as questionable. This can even be seen in the questioning tone used by cartoonist Satish Acharya which SOM uses now and then.
    Have you forgotten the manufactured stories during the past 5 years? When he tried to use danda on psuedo seculars breeding in the universities, they manufactured a story that govt was targeting dalits scholars. Similarly in the world of art and literature while people like S.L. Byrappa have firmly stood behind Modi, the more influential names like Girish Karnad, Javed Akhtar et al have tried to generate fear in the minds of people with their myopic narratives. Remember the hue and cry on beef ban. He was merely trying to implement the law of the land and trying to get rid of illegal butchering mafia.

    PM Modi has stood like a ROCK against the deluge of false narratives unleashed by the opposition (and frankly it seems to be funded by outside brains and money). I appreciate Modi for being strong and realistic. I am sure he realized very soon in his tenure that the behind the scenes powers controlling the media, babus, politicians and narratives they use (like secularism, minority appeasement, fake riots, fake news, fake court cases, award vapsi) cannot be changed in one term but will take atleast 10-15 years. Take for instance, the Sabarimala case. These forces have arm-twisted the SC and got them to issue a judgement which is flatly impinging on the area of faith which evolves over time and cannot be imposed by a judges idea that the time has come discard old traditions. This is clearly a demonstration to Modi of the powers the invisible hand possesses and was done in retaliation to his stand on Triple T. So, to fight this invisible hand, a danda on few corrupt/lazy babus will not help. The mood of the nation has to change. It is quite clear that PM Modi has understood these things and acting according to this with a long term vision. While the world leaders are conferring their highest honors on the PM, our media is busy painting him as failure as best and as an evil mastermind at worst.

    Alas not many people have understood his vision and find it easier to join the other side and blame Modi for not delivering results in this 5 years. This nation is not suffering from a mild-fever sir, it is in an COMA since 70 years and the invisible powers who have induced it are fighting with all their might to maintain the status-quo. And for the first time in decades, there are signs of revival. But do not expect the journey of coming out of coma to reclaiming the role of being a beacon to the world to be covered in 5 years. It may take decades. For now, we have a leader who can take us there in our lifetime. I fear that we may lose this opportunity of our lifetime and slip back to COMA for another 30-40 years. Meanwhile the leeches have all come together and are getting ready along with their next generation for an opportunity to re-start sucking blood out our nation, if it slips back into coma.

    I do not wish to share my email. Frankly I will be surprised if this view is allowed to be posted on your site/paper.

  3. An objective assessment of the progress in India made possible under Modiji’s leadership affords much hope for the future.He faced an uphill task in the baçkdrop of over six decades of misrule by the Congress which though a national party did not care much for the public interest and indulged in many a scam. Modiji richly deserves another stint as the Prime Minister to continue substantial good work he is doing to accellerate all round national progress.He is the best choice being a politician with a difference among the present lot which breathes through and strives more for personal aggrandizement. Even in the BJP Modiji needs to encourage collective leadership with proven integrity and dedication towards the people.He should have no inhibitions to seek and enlist the services of technocrats to streamline administration and improve efficiency for time bound achievements.
    The disparate Opposition in a no holds barred campaign of discrediting Modiji in it’s greed for power has only underlined that there is no viable alternative to him to lead and guide the nation in the immediate future.

  4. Citizen says:

    Well, The above readers comments are objectionable, in fray of criticizing opposition they are insulting our own country itself, they mean to say nothing was done or achieved in past 65 years and everything was done and put in place in last 5 years. SHAME ON SUCH INTELLECTUALS

    Abolition of Zamindar system
    Green revolution
    White revolution
    blue revolution
    3rd Biggest army in world
    Fastest growing economy
    Won wars against enemy country
    Major Airports
    Metro trains in major cities
    NH’s across India
    Solar parks
    Major Hubs in world like Bangalore, Hyd, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, kolkata etc etc
    Drastic increase in buying capacity of people
    Drastic increase in Literacy.
    Agricultural reforms
    Housing in slum under Jnnurm till date 65 million houses built and occupied
    World wide MNC’s operating from India due to feasible and available resources.
    World wide manufacturers operating from India due to feasible and available resources since decades just visit Nagangud to have view
    Entire software industries is dominated by Indians world wide.
    Entire banking system is dominated by Indians world wide.
    Entire Gulf is dominated by Indians
    Canada is dominated by Indians
    Signapore is dominated by Indians Explore world you will come to know about India.

    Every government has contributed to development of country, India is democratic state where you need to work collectively with several federal bodies and parties . Just do not allege nothing was done and in 5 years everything is done.

    Do not sit on PC and bluff Jumla’s , explore world and keep stats and compare, What was India and what is India today !!

  5. Peter says:

    Indians are by nature very resilient and resourceful! So, in spite of some corrupt regimes ruling us there were some development! Also, go have scams we need allotments of funds for projects! If you look at the magnitude of the scams, the investments must be at least 100 times more
    I agree with everything except that statement that Congress has nothing yo show. Here is the list of congress achievements
    Congress looted India for 6 decades scams after scam . Last decade itself they looted 300,000 crores! Every single scam below was engineered by Sonia, Rahul and Vadra under the great economists like Manmohan Singh and visionaries like Chidambaram!
    The list is as follows:
    Bofors scam, a trademark scam of Gandhi family.
    Coal Scam: CAG calculated it to be to the tune of 1.86 Lakhs crores, whoops mind-boggling!
    2G Spectrum Scam: To the tune of 1.76 Lakhs crore!!
    Common Wealth Games scams: To the tune of 70,000 crores, involved parties Suresh Kalmadi, Sheila Dikshit, Robert Vadra amongst others
    Chopper Scam: Perfect example of bribery and corruption in India 610 Million!
    Tatra Truck scam: dirty defence deal
    Adarsh Housing scam: a building made for war widows, but flats occupied by Congress big wigs!
    Cash for vote scam in 2011
    Satyam Scam
    Telgi stamp paper scam
    Insurance Scam
    Telecom scam (Sukh Ram)
    HDW Submarine Scam
    Bitumen scam
    Tansi land deal
    Securities Scam
    JMM Bribery Scandal
    St Kitts case
    Urea scam
    CRB Scam
    Anantnag transport scam
    1971 Nagarwala scandal
    Fooder scam
    Churhat lottery scam
    Animal Husbandry Case (1990)
    Bombay Stock Exchange Fraud
    Hawala scandal (1993)
    Bangalore-Mysore Corridor (1995)
    Sukh Ram (1996)
    Fodder Scam in Bihar (1996)
    Kerala SNC Lavalin power scandal(97)
    Home Trade
    Ketan Parekh Scandal,
    Barak Missile Deal Scandal,
    Tehelka Scandal (2001)
    UTI Scam
    Taj corridor case (2002–2003)
    DSQ Software Scam
    IPO Scam-
    Oil-for-food programme scam (Natwar) (05)
    Human Trafficking Scam
    Cash-for-votes scandal
    Satyam scandal
    2G Spectrum- 2008
    Madhu Koda, laundering money Rs. 4000 Cr
    NREGA Scam

    • Citizen says:

      Peter, Then what opposition was doing ?? “sleeping” ?? They were busy with Beef ban, Ram mandir and moral policing attacking lovers, church rather stopping such scams.
      And on what morals you are attributing that BJP is clean ?? Just take example of Karnataka itself, who went to Jail ?? how many went jail ?? And again projecting him as CM. Is this clean ??
      Ok at one point agree scams were there, what PM did since last 5 years with complete majority ?? Why Jan lok pal was not tabled in parliament ?? Why list of black money holders were not acquired by swiss which they said they will do it 100 days ??
      Half of the names you have mentioned was not scams at all, simply in fray of commenting wrote something and in many cases court acquitted

  6. Annonymous says:

    I find it funny when Rahul calls Modi a Chor. Rahul is either ignorant or a moron.

  7. Imran says:

    Very well written, but the conclusion and suggestion given is to continue doing the same mistake. If one couldn’t fulfill promises in 5 years, how wise it is to give another 5 years ? How will one realize their mistake until we don’t make them feel? They continue fooling people , because we don’t question the promises made, we go blind. The real patriotism is to question anyone who becomes the PM, irrespective of whether we like him or not , make him work for the country , give results on the promises made, record every jumlas made and ask the results. If we don’t do , we are betraying the country and making someone who is fooling the people of country.
    Are corporate bonds not a scam? do we have count of the money used here? Where did the demonetization money go? how did the rich get the 2000 notes before even India came to know about it. Was it a plan to make black money white? No one dares to ask the question, but be silent , not to embarrass the person/party we love.
    The Love for the country should be above any person/party. Its high time we become mature enough and rule the politicians and make them work for us , and stop them from ruling/playing with our feelings and emotions and rights.

  8. Syed says:

    Time magazine on its cover page printed the Chor chowkidars picture and called him Devider in Chief! He is the Biggest thief the country has known so far and should be hanged in public! Opposition called him 52 names and he has earned every one of them by his actions! Economy of India is destroyed under him and back to 1948 and India needs Congress for another 7 decades to bring it back to pre Modi era! We can’t risk another Modi or bjp term or the nation will be ruined!
    All the people who have a few brain cells left can clearly see this! I am wondering how a grew Indians still can support him!

  9. Achuta says:

    It is true that many of this government’s and PM’s supporters feel let down by the last 5 years performance. I also agree with the author that another 5 year term should be given to this government. Structural reforms like RERA and IBC have begun to bear fruit for the common man and Lenders/Corporates/Minority shareholders. Schemes like Ayushman Bharath, PM Kisan Samman Nidhi and Pension yojana for the unorganized sector will have far reaching effects in the economy. For example Ayushman Bharath while giving access to healthcare for the poor, is also a step to drive up healthcare demand and will generate more hospitals, labs, jobs for doctors, nurses and growth opportunity for pharmaceutical sector etc. The new infrastructure projects related to road/water connectivity will be completed in coming months and will give a tremendous impetus to the tourism sector.
    I feel the govt has done a poor job of explaining these things to common people.
    Also, the PM should stop worrying about his image in the media and take concrete steps on the ground to cater to the demands of his core support group, the people who voted for him.


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